4 Ways to Safely Freshen the Air in Your Home

Sometimes the air in your home becomes stagnated, and you find that odors stand out more than they usually would. You could spray a commercial air freshener around the room, but this will only mask the smell, and it will come drifting back shortly. Freshening the air in your home is more than just taking care of some odors. Smells can often influence your mood and even your concentration.

Here are a few simple ways that you can freshen the air that is in your home.

Essential Oils

When it comes to smells, you want to create a scent that will appeal to you and your guests. Everyone has a different idea of what smells good. Someone in your home may like the smell of lemon while you do not. You want to keep the scent from being overbearing, and essential oils allow you to mix the right combination to create a pleasant smell for everyone. 

Essential Oils
Essential oil with jasmine flower and vanilla

For essential oils, you need to make an initial investment in an essential oil diffuser and a few basic oils to get you started. The oil diffuser is easy to operate. It requires a little water and an outlet. Place a few drops of the essential oil that you like into the water and turn it on. 

The smell will drift around and provide your entire room with a light scent that is appealing and fresh. You can restock or add to your essential oils collection when you need to. You can use one oil at a time, or combine oils to create a different scent. 

Fruits – Spices – Herbs

One way to freshen the smell in your home is to place a pot on the stove and fill it with a variety of cut-up fruits and herbs and spices. For example, if it’s Christmas time, you could add cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon and apple. 

A mixture of different spices and herbs on a table with decor

Be sure to bring it to a boil and allow it to simmer for a while. If it’s fall, you can add pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin. You can always add citrus peelings, lemon, and lime for spring and summer and oranges and tangerines for fall.


Some plants help to purify the air in your home, such as peace lilies, bamboo palms, snake plants, or aloe vera. Having a plant setting around in different rooms can help to cleanse the air of toxins that could be causing the odors. 

Fresh-cut flowers add a pleasant aroma to any room in your home and provide a nice visual aesthetic. If you are an avid gardener, then having a bouquet of home-grown flowers like tulips or roses set up around your home can be an enjoyable way to add a fresh, natural fragrance to the air. Not to mention putting your green thumb to another great use!

Carpet Cleaning

A lot of odors can become embedded into the carpet fibers, and when you walk, you are stirring the bad smells around in the room and breathing them in. You can treat your carpets once a week or more often if needed with this easy-to-use solution:

  • 1 Cup of baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of lavender, cedarwood, or citrus oil. 

Blend the ingredients and sprinkle around the room on the carpet. Allow the baking soda to set for approximately an hour, then vacuum. If you don’t have time to vacuum, place the mixture in an open container and set it somewhere in the room, and it will absorb the odors that you smell.